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Brooke County Commissioners plan new ambulance site

Warren Scott NEW AMBULANCE SITE EYED — The Brooke County Commission has purchased these two structures, at 3027 and 3029 Pleasant Ave. in Wellsburg, with plans to raze them and establish a new ambulance station on the property.

WELLSBURG — On Tuesday, the Brooke County Commission agreed to purchase the second of two properties at the north end of Pleasant Avenue for the planned establishment of a new ambulance station.

The commissioners approved the $14,000 purchase of a home at 3029 Pleasant Ave. from Anthony and Roseanna Filberto after agreeing in recent weeks to purchase an adjacent trailer for $12,500.

Located at 3027 Pleasant Ave., the trailer was once occupied by the 30th Street Cafe and owned more recently by Citywide Realty.

Commission President Tim Ennis said the two structures will be razed to allow the ambulance squad near Marshall Terrace and state Route 67 to be moved there.

The north end of Pleasant Avenue connects to state Route 2 north of Wellsburg and is seen as a more central location for the ambulance service.

Ennis said there are no immediate plans to build on the site, however.

“We’re just doing this in baby steps right now. We just thought when the property became available, we should jump on it,” he said.

The commissioners also signed an agreement with JHA Companies, a St. Clairsville surveying firm employed through McKinley and Associates, the Wheeling firm hired by them to plan an addition to the county courthouse.

They said the surveyor is included in the contract with McKinley, which calls for the architectural firm to receive about 10 percent of the project’s total cost, which has been estimated at $10 million.

The commission has hired Frankovitch, Anetakis, Colantonio and Simon of Weirton and Bowles and Rice of Charleston, at a total cost of $49,000, to pursue the sale of bonds, through private investors, for the project.

For several years the commissioners have considered expanding the courthouse to bring the county’s first judicial circuit, magistrate and family court facilities under one roof.

The magistrate and family court were returned to the courthouse, from the Progressive Bank building, late last year.

But their current facilities on the ground level of the courthouse are seen as temporary because they are in the floodplain.

Over the years the commission had purchased and razed two buildings and demolished another of its own, the former county museum, to create space for the addition south of the present building.

The commission also appointed Rob Morris of Wellsburg to fill a seat on the Brooke Hills Park board.

The meeting was held in the main courtroom instead of the commission’s meeting room, which was being used for poll worker training. Plans call for the commission to continue to meet there while early voting is conducted there from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31.

Registered voters may cast their ballots there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday during that period.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

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